In the aftermath of Representative Ilhan Omar’s comments, the House of Representatives chose to make their opinion on anti-Semitism loud and clear.
The House unanimously passed the resolution after a last-minute motion by the minority party was approved to amend the legislation. The original wording claimed it was in the “national interests of the United States to combat anti-Semitism at home and abroad.”
Although Omar wasn’t mentioned by name, the amendment fully condemns any mention of trying to question Israel’s rights.
“With an unfortunate rise in anti-Semitism and attempts to delegitimize Israel, the United States House of Representatives must emphasize the importance of combating anti-Semitism and reject all movements that deny Israel’s right to exist,” the amendment states.
Representative David Kustoff, the bill’s sponsor, says that he hopes the bill will reaffirm their resolve against negative speech.
“This horrific anti-Semitic tone being taken by some Members of Congress must come to an end,” Kustoff said. “The language I offered affirms the United States’ interest in combating anti-Semitism at home and abroad, something my colleagues on both sides of the aisle should and must support. I am proud to stand today in solidarity with my Jewish community as this hate has no place in our country.”
As IJR previously reported, Omar has apologized but still is open to harshly criticizing the nation of Israel.